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Lethal Rider (Lords of Deliverance) Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 2012
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"Another truly great read."―RT Book Reviews on Sin Undone
"The third book in Ione's supercharged Demonica series ignites on the first page and never looks back."―4 1/2 stars, RT Book Reviews on Passion Unleashed
Ione has a true gift for imbuing her characters with dark-edged passion. . . a top notch read."―4 stars, RT Book Reviews on Desire Unchained
"The author's hard-edged style infuses the story with darkness while taking it to sizzling heights."―4 stars, RT Book Reviews on Pleasure Unbound
"Wicked...Decadently Sinful...Prepare to be burned."―Gena Showalter, New York Times bestselling author on Desire Unchained
"Ione brings to life a riveting world filled with sizzling sensuality, dark wit, and wicked hot demons."―Lara Adrian, New York Times bestselling author on Passion Unleashed
"Gifted storyteller Ione's tales are gripping and dark, filled with tragedy and hope. Transfixing!"
―4 stars, RT Book Reviews on Lethal Rider
"Ione humanizes her leads and also captures the urgency of their mission, resulting in a very satisfying read."
―Publishers Weekly on Lethal Rider
About the Author
A former meteorologist and EMT, Air Force veteran Larissa Ione now gets her daily dose of excitement from vampires, werewolves, demons, and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. She lives in wintery Wisconsin with her U.S. Coast Guard husband, her teenage son, a rescue cat, and her hellhound, a King Shepherd named Hexe.
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I have to admit, I was wondering exactly how Larissa Ione was going to endear Regan to readers. She didn't exactly make a great first impression in when she was introduced Immortal Rider. Readers could tell that she regretted her decision to take advantage of Than. Once she got to know him she realized that he wasn't the monster that she had once thought him to be, but she still didn't take the time to get to know the real Horseman. She was a character that I really didn't like. I knew that Larissa Ione would find a way to change my attitude toward her, but what I didn't expect was that I would find myself sympathizing with her as much as I did with Than (well, almost.) Sneaky, sneaky authors! ;)
Than spent his centuries of existence celibate. Not by choice but out of necessity. Regan not only tricked him into having sex with her but did it so she could have his child. That one act made this relationship doomed from the start. At the end of Immortal Rider, Limos and Ares had to trap Than and keep him immobile so he wouldn't destroy everything and everyone around him. Regan had left and was hidden away by the Aegis so Than and the rest of the Horsemen couldn't find her and her unborn son. In theory, there should be no possible way that these two could end up in a HEA situation. The possibility that our beloved characters will overcome impossible odds is exactly why we read these books though isn't it? Umm... that and the smexy moments that occur in the process.
By the time I had finished Immortal Rider, I was a true Than/Regan fan. Both characters provided quite a few heart wrenching moments and the love that grew between them was totally believable. Who knew? Well, actually I probably should have. Larissa Ione has yet to disappoint me with any of the books in either series. Yep, I'm hooked.
I started reading this series before I read the Demonica Series. If I've caught you in time, you may want to start with that series first. They can obviously be read separately, but the characters appear in both and most of the demons and members of the Aegis are introduced the Demonica Series first, along with some of the mythology and world building that lay the ground work for both series. I've only read the first book in the Demonica Series, and I had every intention of reading all of them before I continued the Lords of Deliverance Series. That changed when I found out that Rogue Rider was going to be released soon. I knew then that I couldn't put off finding out exactly how things turn out for Reseph. Stay tuned, because it's on my Kindle right now, ready and waiting. ;)
Thanatos (aka One of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and bearer of the name Death) is wet-your-panties-bite-your-tongue-moaning-in-pleasure-sexy. He is also currently immobilized by his own kin. After being trapped for eight months all he wants is a couple of things. Not much really. Just sex and the death of one certain female who'd sexed his brains out.
Regan, hunter for the Ageis as well as a Sigil member, tricked Than eight months ago to get pregnant with his child. She succeeded but the daddy doesn't know and he also wants her blood.
Than manages to escape from his prison and goes to find Regan. After realizing she is pregnant with his child he takes her to his castle and tries to protect her. After many failed attempts and betrayals Than has a decision to make about Regan.
All I can say is Larissa Ione has once again managed to blow me out of the water. I've been following her Sems series from the beginning and also the Horsemen series when it came out. She has never ceased to amaze me with her brilliant mind and sexy drool worthy characters. I would recommend this book, and the entire series, to my friends as well as people I don't know. It's that good. So if you haven't read it yet, It's A Must!
Overall, I like the idea of biblical and greek mythology mixed together. Love the idea of the Four Horsemen/woman being brothers and sister. We can all sense that the author is leading the overarching story somewhere that leads to the father of the four horsemen. I think the author writes the male characters very well and gives each of them something different and multi dimensional. However, when it comes to the women lead characters it is fascinating that they are so annoying and stereotypical. You would think that a woman author would be really good at writing women characters (this comment goes for all of the authors I mentioned above). The formula they use for the women is so corny! She is either tough, professional but lonely abandoned as a child type or a spoiled, obnoxious and used to getting her way OR the scared, gentle, but feisty with male lead. I will say women come in more shades than this. Also, find it funny that the women all have to have Pop Culture wise cracks references. Maybe it is to appeal to teens and twentysometing year-olds but I am in my thirties and consider myself very hip and cool NYC girl but when I read this type of dialogue in the books they come off as trying too hard.
Regan in this book's backstory is identical to Tayla in Pleasure Unbound Demonica Novel. It's like the author recycled and used the same formula. They both grew up in the foster care system and had no parents. Regan and Tayla being with their mates brought them into a larger family they didn't have before. They both were dedicated to their jobs, blah, blah, blah. It's like she just changed the names and the basic setting and reused the background story. Does she think no one is paying attention. I find it a little insulting actually.
I guess when you binge read and read them back to back in a shorter period of time the sloppiness of character development is more apparent. Anyway, I would say the series is great but the first book was definitely my favorite and this one was okay but I think the recycled storyline of the female lead downgraded it for me. Why can't women authors make the female characters as interesting, appealing as their male counterparts? I'm just sayin'....